Mitsubishi i-MiEV

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The ability to buy the electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV has just improved thanks to the second shipload of i-MiEVs arriving in the UK this week.

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Citroën C-Zero, and Peugeot iOn are all identical apart from their badges – but Mitsubishi is the only manufacturer to offer outright purchase and contract hire/personal finance options.

After the government’s Plug-In Car Grant (P-ICG) of £5,000, the outright purchase price of the i-MiEV is £23,990.

As well as consumers being able to purchase outright, Mitsubishi Contract Motoring offers a finance package on a non-maintained contract hire basis over a 48 month period for £399 per month.

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV, first launched in Japan in July 2009, was the first pure-electric vehicle (EV) available to world markets in regular series production from a major manufacturer.

The i-MiEV costs as little as £1.05 for a full charge (if using Economy 7 tariff), as well as low servicing costs.

The i-MiEV is also exempt from road tax, is free from the London Congestion Charge and is entitled to free parking in some London Boroughs and other cities such as Milton Keynes and Edinburgh.

Company car drivers will further benefit as the i-MiEV is not subject to Benefit-In-Kind tax, and businesses can write-down the vehicle’s full value in the first 12 months.

Independent advisors CAP have predicted the Mitsubishi i-MiEV will retain 43% of its on the road price after the £5,000 government incentive P-ICG and after three years and 30,000 miles which is better than most combustion engine rivals.

The i-MiEV has become the first electric vehicle to be crash-tested by Euro NCAP, achieving a 4-star rating.

Customers are predominantly fleets and small businesses, which represent around 80% of sales/orders taken so far, with the remaining vehicles being purchased by the retail sector. The lead-time for an i-MiEV is just 10 working days for a standard vehicle.

Consumers can purchase an i-MiEV from one of Mitsubishi’s thirteen national EV Sales Centres in the UK.